Truggy – An OpenRC 3D Printable car

Truggy – An OpenRC 3D Printable car

It is not a coincidence that this Truggy Concept OpenRC a 3D Printable car earned critical acclaim back in 2013. It is still one of the most exciting Open Source RC car projects. It’s functionality and design are maybe the reason for this, but another huge reason why this 3D printing concept is so liked by the audience is because of the simplicity and easy modification anyone can do using CAD. This OpenRC is designed for FDM 3D printing. You can create it at your home, office and you don’t have to be tech saavy to get this done. Believe us the results are worth it.

What you’ll need to create and 3dprint a 3D Printable car

Besides an FDM 3D Printer, you’ll need CAD software and various different parts that we will list below.

The first thing you’ll want to get is a motor and ESC. You can get different types of motors on various hobby websites. Hobbyking is one of them, but you can search and find other hobby websites. Many of the users that created “Truggy” used a Brushless Power System 4000KV/80A produced by Turnigy TrackStar. This is a waterproof concept as well and that’ll enable you to ride Truggy wherever you want.

The second thing you need to get in order to create Truggy is definitely the battery. You can get the battery wherever you like, but as expected, the more mAh, the better, of course you should consider Lipo batteries. If you trust Turnigy as a brand, you could get the 4000mAh 2S 40 C Lipo battery they sell for really reasonable price. But there are other alternatives as well, you can decide that based on your budget and needs. You can also buy any hobby grade RC Car electronics set, you won’t make a mistake with that.

The third thing is also crucial for the Open RC Truggy. You need a servo and you can select different servos depending the gear and weight. The BMS-620MG High Torque Servo (Metal Gear) 9.1kg / .15sec / 50g is definitely one of the best options because it is cost effective, has great design and power and is easy to assemble. Besides this, you will need radio and receiver to control it.

All parts that you need to print with exact instructions are attached on the Thingverse project page. There you will get a detailed instruction page on how to assemble it. Besides the electronics we already mentioned, there is not that much of a clear info on which other hardware to use. We are talking about screws, nuts, washers, bearings that need to get this OpenRC to work. The creator did recommend this bearing kit though.

Another important thing is the body you choose. The creator used HPI Firestorm car body from Ebay, but using any similar car body isn’t wrong, it’s just a preference.

Final thoughts

Daniel Norée the designer behind this concept is a Swedish 3D designer and 3D printing expert. It is one of the most liked OpenRC concepts and, as an afterburner, one of the most modified ones. It is obvious that he has talent in creating functional concepts for cars. This one can be created by anyone. It is not too complicated. You can do it based on the exact instructions or you can use your own parts and remix it. If you do remix it and created your own functional version, comment below and post photos or videos from your creation. We would love to hear about it!

Also Dont forget to Check out Daniel Norees youtube videos Click Here!

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  • Richard Bynum

    I love R/C card and trucks! This was awesome! I posted a video in the “3dprinterchat” forum the other day showing a guy 3D printing some tires for his truggy that made it able to glide across the water (as long as he was going fast enough). The info for it is in the video. So now I guess the complete kit can be 3D printed! Some of these kits from the hobby store can cost over $300-$400! Imagine being able to just print them from now on! But the printing material would have to get stronger for it to make it up to the level of the pro kits. Going 20-60+ MPH would shatter the arms and chassis of the printed cars/trucks. The pro kits have special mixes in there material to handle the high-speed crashes. But that’s why we have 3D printers! Just re-make it and drive away!

  • Darren

    Impressive looking car that I have to print out when I own my 3d Printer.